Taking a look at pictures of the glittering blue-green lake that stars in Instagram accounts like maldives_nsk and sup_novosibirsk, you may presume you’re seeing vacation-goers in the Carribean. You ‘d be incorrect.

They’re standing beside a hazardous dump in Novosibirsk, a city in Siberia. And the regional coal plant that pumps lose into the human-made pond desires individuals taking selfies there to understand it.

” You can not swim in the ash dump,” Siberian Getting Business (SGK) composed in a equated declaration published to Russia social media VKontakteon. “Skin contact with such water might trigger an allergy!”

A lot of the pictures at the lake called Novosibirsk Maldives function smiling individuals canoeing or paddle-boarding through water swirled in jewel-toned blues and greens. Sunbathers on the coast present in swimwear and shorts and do yoga presents. Couples hold hands and kiss.

However the website’s not as picturesque as it looks.

Novosibirsk Maldives’ postcard-worthy shade originates from its chemical structure– ashes as deep as 6.5 feet (2 meters) and metal oxides liquified in the water, the business stated. The ashes arising from burning coal at the station are combined with water and go into the ash dump through pipelines.

” This is NOT a natural lake,” SGK worried in its declaration. “This is … a hydraulic structure.”

The business likewise cautioned that the bottom of that structure is so muddy it’s “nearly difficult” to go out.

Though SGK published its cautions online a month back, and a couple of indications around the location alert visitors of the water’s threats too, photos snapped at Novosibirsk Maldives continue to occupy Instagram.

This isn’t, naturally, the very first time Instagrammers excited for a best selfie shot have actually been cautioned about taking pictures in hazardous or uncomfortable locations. They have actually been informed not to take dangerous “tiger selfies” and to be considerate at the website where the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe happened. And they have actually been advised that possibly, simply possibly, funeral services aren’t the most proper location to take vanity shots.